After the second period, the Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators were tied 2-2 Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Ottawa took the lead 13:34 into the period. Senators forward, Mika Zibanejad, scored his tenth of the season after he banged home a loose puck in front of the Jets net to take the first lead.
Dustin Byfuglien tied things up for Winnipeg, scoring with under five minutes to go in the frame. The Jets defenceman made good on a shot from the point, beating Sens goalie Craig Anderson, for his eighth of the year.
Milan Michalek made it 2-1 for the Senators. Michalek scored with 47 seconds left in the period to earn his seventh of the season.
Winnipeg evened things up 1:32 into the second frame with a goal from Evander Kane. Kane converted a Jacob Trouba rebound from behind the net, banking the puck off the skate of Anderson to make it 2-2.
The Jets looked to take the lead midway through the second when Jets forward Anthony Peluso made a nice move in front to beat Anderson but was denied by the crossbar.
Jets backup goalie, Al Montoya, made 18 saves through two periods. Montoya is 8-2-1 this year and has earned wins in the last three games for the Jets.
It’s the first match between these two teams this season. Ottawa won the season series last year, snatching up two of three games.
The Jets have won three straight games. A victory would give Winnipeg four straight W’s for only the second time this year, tying a season-high streak with a stretch of games in mid-November.
Ottawa has struggled to be consistent this season but have shown some stability of late, winning three of their last four games. Their most recent victory came in a 3-1 win over the offensively gifted Washington Capitals Monday night.
Goals – 1. OTT Zibanejad (10) (Conacher, Corvo) 13:34 2. WPG Byfuglien (8) (Peluso, Wright) 15:37 3. OTT Michalek (7) (Zibanejad, Conacher) 19:13
Penalities – OTT Kassian (Fighting) 9:30, WPG Peluso (Fighting) 9:30
Goals – 4. WPG Kane (12) (Frolik, Trouba) 1:32
Penalties – WPG Byfuglien (Roughing) 12:52